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I can’t take any more of her inane ideas.
  lacking substance - perhaps silly
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inane inanely
Strongly Associated with:   banal
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  • I can’t take any more of her inane ideas.
  • Must we go on with this inane conversation?
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • He wouldn’t shut up, just kept asking inane questions.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • He studied me, and an inane grin spread across his lips like a stain.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

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  • She looked through the tattered curtain, across at the handsome face of her husband ... behind whose inane smile, she could now so plainly see the strength, energy, and resourcefulness...
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • She feels like she always has to say something, even when it’s completely inane.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • He gestures towards the general, who smiles inanely at his own put-down.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Scarlett, of course, just shook her head and smiled as she listened to me prattle on, detailing every word and gesture of our inane sock-and-volleyball conversations.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • Topics, from the inane to slightly promising, flitted through my brain as we moved along the quiet, mostly deserted country roads.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • The minute she saw me she smiled, took a deep breath, and then opened her mouth to talk nonstop for almost twenty minutes, words flowing out of her as if they were the only thing keeping her afloat, a life preserver of inane details and incidents from the last week.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland

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  • Won’t want to deal with inane questions, prime-time TV, or Barbie.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • My mother loved to complain about how little she got paid for her books—all academic, published by university presses—while what she termed "inane housewife stories" pulled in big bucks.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • He knew it was an inane question, but it was all he could come up with.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • It’s good advice, as all of your seemingly inane advice turns out to be."
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Cinder gaped, waiting for the doctor to continue, to move past his inane lie and start telling the prince all of her secrets.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • He also decided that schoolwork was inane and beneath him, but he did it anyway.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I make it all the way through to fifth period before being faced with one of those inane get-to-know-you games in my suckfest of a music class—a class which I will soon be clawing my way out of by any means necessary.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • I asked inanely.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I really felt I ought to stay and try to work, try to set some words down on the yawning yellow page, even if they be inane and random jottings.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I rolled my eyes as if to say I am not answering such an inane question.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • He expected her to leave, finished with his inane chatter, but she softened and sat back on her stool.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • I was fading out myself—ears ringing, inane buzz and a metallic taste in my mouth like at the dentist’s—and I might have drifted back into unconsciousness and stayed there had he not at some point shaken me, hard, so I awoke with a buck of panic.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • We Prices are altogether thought to be peculiarly well-intentioned, and inane.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I could never make the long walk to the base at Asadabad, and anyhow that would seem inane since the village elder was either in there or very nearly.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • The hostess began reading choice excerpts from the inane article, and Langdon felt himself sinking lower and lower in his chair.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Suddenly, I felt dizzy and sat down and stared dumbly at the scarlet geyser until I started to giggle again, and then we all giggled inanely at each other.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Far from being flattered by Dodgson’s silly scribblings, it was as if they had brought home to Alice, as nothing else had been able to, just how inane all her Wonderland talk had been.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • The threadbare phrases, the inane expressions of sympathy, the cautious words of a reporter won over to conceal the details of a commonplace vulgar death attacked his stomach.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The chocolate brown wicker furniture shot out menacing twigs, and three dozen of us stood tensely teetering our cups amid the wicker and leaves, trying hard not to sound as inane in our conversation with the four present Masters and their wives as they sounded to us.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Men born and reared upon the Bridge found life unendurably dull and inane elsewhere.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • I agree that the world is a pretty crappy place most of the time,’ he said, and then added inanely: ’Especially when it rains.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • They made inane and affected remarks to one another, entirely for her benefit.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • And the words of a thousand inane love songs suddenly made sense.
    Robert Cormier  --  After the First Death
  • He would go to school in New Orleans and get such inane notions out of his head.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • It was inane to be standing there listing these details.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • "It may be an insane love-affair," she told her anxious mother, "but it’s not inane."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • But my conscience doesn’t have to spend the next two years making inane teatime chatter, bored to the point of catatonia.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • What happened was, I got the idea in my head—and I could not get it out—that college was just one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • They stood in inane suspense till Bresnahan led them out, rumbling, "How about planning a fishing-trip, Will?"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • He sees in his mind a face which does not exist anymore, speaks a name—Spike, Bud, Snip, Red, Rusty, Jack, Dave—which belongs to that now nonexistent face but which by some inane and doddering confusion of the universe is for the moment attached to a not too happily met and boring stranger.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Some would even descend from their vehicles and feel the horses’ legs; asking inane questions, or, through sheer ignorance of the vernacular, grossly insulting the imperturbable trader.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • One had had from an early time, for that matter, the instinct of the right estimate of such values and of its reducing to the inane the dull dispute over the "immoral" subject and the moral.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • It takes hold of some music played where you please, without distinction, stupid and coarse, lamentably distorted, to boot, and chucks it into space to land where it has no business to be; and yet after all this it cannot destroy the original spirit of the music; it can only demonstrate its own senseless mechanism, its inane meddling and marring.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Then he tittered… weakly, inanely.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Logs that bleed, Tyrion thought inanely as the second man came for him.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • I think your flippancy is quite inane.’
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • He’s more a spotted knight than a white one, Tyrion thought inanely.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • In those early months, we kept him on speed dial and consulted him about the most inane concerns.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • "So," I say inanely.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • Maybe he’s remembering when I used to tag along after him and Metias, asking them inane questions about how the military worked.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
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